Rosemary and Paprika Oven Fries with Ketchup
- Thursday, March 18th, 2010
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In the last post I talked about the essence of fast food and how to capture it. As promised, here is the recipe for the french fries and for the homemade ketchup.
I love making these fries! Not only are they absolutely delicious, but it is also one of the only foods that Mark and I prepare together. His job is to coat them with coconut oil before they go in the oven. Most people would accomplish this in two minutes. It takes Mark about thirty. He takes one fry at a time and rubs it with coconut oil and love until all the sides are evenly coated. He rations his oil perfectly, so that each one gets the same amount of oil. Mark is serious about his fries!
The most difficult part
He places the fries in perfect rows with just the right amount of space between them. Unfortunately, by the time I need to season them, he realizes that it is hard to toss rows. This is always the hardest part, but it has to be done. I destroy his perfect rows and toss the fries to evenly coat them with the salt and rosemary…
The Rosemary does not just add flavor but nutrition as well. It even helps to make the fries healthier! Rosemary contains a lot of flavonoids (antioxidants) such as carnosol, rosmanol and rosmarinic acid. These help to reduce the formation of acrylamide. For example, researchers found that if bread is baked with rosemary in it, the acrylamide content is up to 60% reduced! So sprinkle it on! ☺
Blow drier goes kitchen gadget
In a previous post, I gave tips on making oven fries crispier. Of course, I used a bunch of the tips myself. We soaked the fries for about an hour, changing the water occasionally. We then blotted the fries dry with a paper towel, but they were not dry enough. We whipped out our (my) blow drier and created a serious storm above the fries. I cut them even smaller after the soak to release some of the moisture that was in the middle. After we were done they were as dry as a fart (German idiom… nice, huh?).
Can you see how dry they are in the picture below? They started having a little white coating — that’s how dry they should be! ☺
Rosemary and Paprika Oven Fries
Makes 2 big Servings
- 1. Wash and scrub the potatoes well. Discard any green parts. If the potato seems greenish, peel the skin. Cut them into thin sticks.
- 2. Place them in a big bowl of cold water. Swish them around. Let soak for about an hour. Change water at least once. Rinse potatoes until water runs clear.
- 3. Preheat oven to 450° F. Dry fries after soaking until they are completely dry! Feel free to cut them even thinner at this point drying them again (they will be wet at the new surface).
- 4. Place them on parchment paper. Coat them evenly with the coconut oil, salt, and a bit of rosemary.
- 5. On the bottom rack leave them in for about 15 min. Opening the oven once in a while. Why? See here.
- 6. Flip them after about 15min or when they are a bit browned on the bottom. Put them back in the oven for another 10-15 minutes.
- 7. Toss them with the olive oil and paprika powder and serve!
It is important to add the olive oil after the fries are cooked, not before cooking. The polyphenols (very healthy!) in the oil get destroyed by heat. Your olive oil should always be nice and green — that means the polyphenols are still there. If you heat it it will turn yellow… Olive oil is also not very heat stable and heating it oxidizes the fats in it, creating free radicals. No bueno.
For Lindsay, the ketchup lover
I want to dedicate this recipe to my friend Lindsay over at theketchupdiaries.com. She has a true talent for writing funny and entertaining posts. She talks about exercising, food, food, food, and other things in life that are worth mentioning. Her love of ketchup is also impressive. This is for you Lindsay! ☺
This ketchup has more of a tomato flavor than regular ketchup, which I love. If you have been using Heinz for a while, it might take some time getting used to.
Tomato paste is very rich in lycopene. This antioxidant acts as a sun-lotion from within. Eating 40g of tomato paste a day has shown to reduce sun burns by 40%. This means overall your skin has better protection from the sun’s UV light, and your skin will age less over time. Have you ever seen an anti-wrinkle cream that tastes as good as ketchup?!
Makes ~ 3 Tbsp
- 1. Mix everything in a little spoon and combine well with a spoon until the texture resembles ketchup.
- 2. Add any additional spices you might want to try.
Try adding a little bit of curry powder for an Indian flavored ketchup. Curry and tomatoes go so well together! Plus you get an extra health kick from the spices in the curry.
I will leave you with another picture of these delicious fries. The blow drying was worth it since they turned out crispier than ever. They could have been cooked less and still would have been crispy! I hope you will enjoy them!
These potatoes literally turned me from a non-potato-eater to a potato-lover. They are perfectly crispy without being burned, and extremely satisfying. This week I suggested that we buy twice as many potatoes so I could ask for these twice as many times! Seriously. Make these fries and eat them. If you don’t love them, I’ll eat a broom (as the Swiss say).
per serving of fries (½ of total)Calories: 310, Fat: 7g, GL: 24, Fiber: 8g, Protein: 7g, Carbohydrates: 60g, Sodium: 550mg
3 Tbsp ketchupCalories: 30, Fat: 0g, GL: 4, Fiber: 2g, Protein: 0g, Carbohydrates: 7g, Sodium: 100mg